News from the Reference Desk Category: Community

Low-Income Resource

Is your family or a family you know struggling to become financially independent?
If so, check out Faith Community Homes for possible assistance.

Faith Community Homes serves the Northwest Suburbs providing rent assistance to low-income, working families for up to two years as well as professional case management and regular coaching from trained volunteer mentors.

For more information, check out their website: https://www.fchomes.org/

or this recent news article: Daily Herald Article – May 22nd, 2019

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Help with Hoarding

Did you miss our April 10th Hoarding 101 program presented by the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago? Not to worry.  Below, please find some helpful resources for those – or loved ones of those – struggling with hoarding behavior or Hoarding Disorder.

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Treatment:
Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago
Psychology Today Search Results for Hoarding Treatment Centers in Chicago 
Chicagoland Hoarding Task Force

Cleanout Services:
Red’s Hauling Services
1-800 Junk Removal 

Professional Organizers
Clear Your Space – Linda Parks (Chicago)
Altogether Organized – Linda Goldman

Local Groups:
Buried in Treasures Group at Frisbie Senior Center – Contact Dori at 847/421-5104

Village of Mount Prospect Help:
humanservicesdept@mountprospect.org
Human Services Department
50 South Emerson Street
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Phone: 847-870-5680

Upcoming Events:
OCD & Hoarding Learning Expo

Books at MPPL:
Overcoming compulsive hoarding : why you save & how you can stop / Fugen Neziroglu
Stuff: Compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things / Randy O. Front & Gail Steketee
The secret lives of hoarders : true stories of tackling extreme clutter / Matt Paxton with Phaedra Hise.
Dirty secret : a daughter comes clean about her mother’s compulsive hoarding / Jessie Sholl

Mount Prospect in the News

Events in Mount Prospect over the past 100 years have been documented by a few local newspapers; occasionally the Chicago Tribune would make brief mentions of the village, and the Daily Herald has been a source of Mount Prospect news since 1901.

Two other newspapers were focused just on Mount Prospect. Both papers document life in Mount Prospect during challenging times in history:


From 1932-1942 the Mount Prospect Review covered local events during the Great Depression and early World War II years.
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From April 1966 to June 1970 The Prospect Day covered events during a time of great growth and change in Mount Prospect. Digital copies of these newspapers are searchable on the MPPL website.

The Mount Prospect Review and the historical Daily Herald can be searched through the web resource Newspaper Archive. This source is only available in the Library. The Prospect Day was recently digitized and is available on the MPPL website on this page. The Historical Chicago Tribune, Newspaper Archive and Prospect Day can also be accessed by going to the newspapers section of the Web Resources page of the MPPL website.

If you have questions about how to use these resources, please ask for assistance at the Research Services Desk, call the desk at 847-253-5675 or chat online with a librarian.

Re-entry Help

Do you know someone who is reentering the community after having served time in prison?
Below are some resources that may be helpful.

Illinois Re-Entry Resources 
A website for people returning home from prison, created by the Education Justice Project and Chi Hack Night.

Safer Foundation One of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of services designed exclusively for people with criminal records.

Prison Fellowship 
Trains and inspires churches and communities—inside and outside of prison—to support the restoration of those affected by incarceration.

Ear Hustle
A Podcast that brings you the stories of life inside prison, shared by those living it.

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Getting Help with the House

Owning a home is a worthwhile but often challenging experience.  Issues surrounding purchasing, financing and maintaining a home are complex.  Area homeowners or prospective homeowners can get guidance from the Northwest Housing Partnership.  On Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 9:30 am at the Mount Prospect Public Library the Partnership will offer a series of presentations on homeownership. Six professionals in the areas of law, finance, and real estate will share guidelines and pathways for buying and maintaining a home. Information about the various programs offered by the Partnership, such as the Handyman Program, will also be provided. Each professional will also be available to answer questions. Come and learn about resources for home buying and home maintenance guidance that are available nearby.  You can register here for the program.